Global speech user interface

  • US 8,005,679 B2
  • Filed: 10/31/2007
  • Issued: 08/23/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/03/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for operating a global speech user interface (GSUI), comprising:

  • providing a speech input device having a switch, where the GSUI is activated by user activation of the switch;

    performing speech recognition to transcribe spoken commands into commands acceptable by a communications system;

    using the transcribed spoken commands to navigate among applications hosted on said communications system;

    displaying a set of immediate speech feedback overlays including visual cues to guide a user in issuing proper spoken commands where each immediate speech feedback overlay provides non-textual feedback information about a state of said communications system, comprising;

    (a) checking if a current screen is speech-enabled when said switch is activated;

    (b) if the current screen is speech-enabled, displaying a first tab signaling that a speech input system is activated;

    (c) if the current screen is not speech-enabled, displaying a second tab signaling a non speech-enabled alert, said second tab staying on screen for a first interval;

    (d) if said switch is re-activated, repeating Step(a);

    (e) if said switch is not deactivated within a second interval, interrupting recognition;

    (f) if said switch is deactivated after a third interval lapsed but before said second interval in Step (e) lapsed, displaying a third tab signaling that speech recognition is in processing; and

    (g) if said switch was deactivated before said third interval in Step (f) lapsed, removing any tab on the screen.

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